As mentioned in our previous post, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) voted on several educational technology budget provisions today.
The JFC approved the Governor’s twin recommendations to extend the sunset of the IT infrastructure grant program to June 30, 2021 and to reduce the amount awarded under the IT infrastructure grant program from $7.5 million per year to $3 million per year.
The JFC also approved the Governor’s recommendation to eliminate the technology training grant program, which had been funded at $1.5 million per year.
As a result of today’s votes, funding for these two TEACH grant programs will decrease from $9 million per year to $3 million per year, in line with the governor’s recommendations.
At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade Feb. 13 the WASB supported Senate Bill 16, which increases funding for career and technical education (CTE) incentive grants for school districts by $3.5 million per year in both 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Demand for these grants is anticipated to increase as both the number of eligible students (including those earning multiple industry certifications) and the number of school districts submitting claims continues to grow. In addition, legislation enacted last session added public safety occupations, including fire fighters, emergency medial responders and emergency medical services practitioners, to the list of industry certifications eligible for these grants and provided for a $500 completion award to each student who successfully completes a public safety occupation training program.
Continue reading WASB Testifies in support of expanding CTE incentive grants
The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade has scheduled a public hearing on three bills including Senate Bill 16, authored by Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac), relating to career and technical education incentive grants to school districts.
SB 16 increases funding for the grants by $3.5 million in both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years. Under current law, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) may award an incentive grant to a school district in which students successfully completed certain industry-recognized certification programs. Continue reading Public hearing scheduled on bill boosting career and technical education incentive grant funding
From a DOJ release:
Attorney General Brad Schimel today announced 66 schools and school districts will receive $3,969,793 from the second round of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) School Safety Grant program, which focuses on advanced initiatives to bolster student mental health.
A list of schools and school districts that were awarded round two school safety grants through September 19, 2018, is set forth below. Continue reading AG Schimel announces $4 million in round 2 school safety grant awards
From the Governor’s Office:
“Governor Scott Walker today announced $3.6 million in Dual Enrollment Fast Forward grants will be awarded to 14 technical schools to help students across the state at 209 school districts. The Governor made the announcement at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau…
“…Fast Forward Dual Enrollment Grants are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The grants will allow high school teachers to gain the same level of certification in their relevant subject area as instructors at their local technical college. This will allow those teachers to provide high school students the opportunity to dual enroll in college programs while still in high school without paying tuition prices.
“A full list of the grants awarded is available here. “
According to a release from Gov. Walker’s office:
OCONTO FALLS – Governor Scott Walker today announced $1.5 million in Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) grant awards have been awarded to help 196 rural school districts and 172 rural public libraries to strengthen the information technology knowledge and capacity of educators…
…Since 2016, 786 training grants to rural schools and 172 grants to public libraries totaling nearly $6 million ($5,995,785) have been awarded. Each year of grants has allowed district teachers and now librarians to attend, arrange, and provide training activities to build the information technology knowledge and capacity of teachers. Continue reading $1.5 million in TEACH grants awarded
From the Office of School Safety at DOJ:
Due to confusion about the due date, and recognizing that many of our schools are in a state of emergency due to flooding, DOJ has extended the application deadline to 11:59pm on Friday, August 31.
SRO Training Opportunities
Please see below for upcoming training opportunities for School Resource Officers. Continue reading DOJ: Round 2 grant deadline extended to Friday, August 31; SRO training info